Alberta identifies 390 new COVID-19 cases, active cases drop below 11,000

He says instead of two weeks between stages, there should be three weeks. Just two weeks ago, on May 12, Alberta was approaching 25,000 active cases of COVID-19.

All current health restrictions remain in place right now, but thanks to active cases going down and vaccination rates going up, Alberta will enter Stage 1 of its journey to normalcy on June 1.

Starting this Friday, the capacity for worship services increases to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Outdoor social gatherings, with distancing, increase to up to 10 people.

Outdoor physical, performance and recreational activities are permitted with up to 10 distanced people, for all ages.

Wedding ceremonies may have up to 10 people, including the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses and any photographers/videographers.

- Outdoor patio dining at restaurants can resume with a maximum of four people from the same household at the same table.

- Retail capacity increases to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

Kenney's plan comes as federal officials announced that 20.05-million Canadians have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Hospitalizations will also need to be below 500 and declining.

Outdoor social gatherings increase to 20 people, with distancing.

- Restaurants can open indoor dining with up to six people from any household at a table.

Gyms and fitness studios - open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing.

Funeral ceremonies may have up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests.

Wedding ceremonies may occur with up to 20 attendees.

- Personal and wellness services can provide walk-in services.

Most students in the province returned to in-person learning this week following a two-week shift to online learning meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Youth activities, such as day camps and play centres, may resume, with restrictions.

Youth and adult sports - resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors.

Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) - 1/3 seated capacity.

The work-from-home order is lifted but still recommended.

Two weeks after 50 per cent of Albertans age 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 800 and declining.

- All restrictions are lifted, included masking and a ban on indoor gatherings.

Dr Hinshaw explained that she was not at the announcement yesterday due to familial responsibilities but made it perfectly clear that she and her team were a part of the reopening plan and that she is behind its implementation.

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